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read: Thomas McGuane

quotes fr.  Thomas McGuane.  If you havn’t read his stuff yet, buy everything published and start.  …and the fishing literature is only part of good stuff.

“We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity’s demands upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a riverkeeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas.  We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out.  We must put back more than we take out.  We must make holy war on the enemies of aquatic life as we have against gillnetters, polluters, and drainers of wetlands.  Otherwise, as you have already learned, these creatures will continue to disapear at an accelerating rate.  We will lose as much as we have lost already and there will be next to nothing, remnant populations, put-and-take, dim bulbs following the tank truck”

“Early on, I decided that fishing would be my way of looking at the world.  First it taught me how to look at rivers.  Lately it has been teaching me how to look at people, myself included.”

“The Bible tells us to watch and to listen.  Something like this suggests what fishing ought to be about: using the ceremony of our sport and passion to arouse greater reverberations within ourselves.”

“Only in the observation of nature can we recover the view of eternity that consoled our forebears”

“The brook trout were water angels and part of the first America, the one owned by the Indians”

(on I. Walton) “…that elements of the natural world are Platonic shadows to be studied in search of eternity, a medium in which man was presumed to float as opposed to sink, as in the present when eternity has been replaced by the abyss

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